Infamously robbed in 2003, Panama's premier anthropological museum, the MARTA, has subsequently regained much of the reputation it lost. With more than 15,000 pre-Columbian pieces, the museum is dedicated to Panama's pioneering anthropologist, Reina Torres de Araúz. On display are artifacts from the Barriles tribe, the earliest residents of Panama, and a collection of golden huacas, the tiny ceremonial figures that were buried with indigenous nobility. There are also more modern pollera dresses and antique household items from early settlers on display. Now in a new location in the Altos de Curundú, the more modern space features lots of glass, sharp lines, and open terraces filled with tropical plants. Temporary exhibitions are usually quite good and they attract large school groups and tours mid-week. A half day here should be more than enough.
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Museo Antropológico Reina Torres de Araúz
Av. Juan Pablo II
Our Rating Neighborhood Llanos de Curundú Hours Tues–Sun 9am–4pm Phone 501-4731 Prices Admission $2.50 Web site Museo Antropológico Reina Torres de Araúz
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